The Orchid Society of Manoa Orchid Show
Saturday, May 5th from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 6th from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Noelani Elementary School Cafeteria
2655 Woodlawn Drive, Honolulu
Aiea Orchid Club Annual Orchid Show
Friday and Saturday, June 8 & 9th (9 a.m. -5 p.m.) and
Sunday, June 10th (9 a.m.-3p.m.)
Plant sales close at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Aiea Elementary School Cafeteria
99-370 Moanalua Road, Aiea
Our crazy weather is driving everyone crazy! It definitely has changed over the years and it is either too dry or way too wet. One way to combat this constant rain is to grow your orchids under a polycarbonate roof. Make sure you buy the good stuff that has UV protection and will last for years. One drawback is the high cost (approx. $40.00 per 24”x12’ lengths). Other options are 1212 C (white tarp like material, w/UV protection, from Pacific Agriculture), or 6 mil. poly sheeting (cheaper, but lasts only 5-6 years).
Without controlling the rain water, you may need to rely on preventative fungicidal sprays. Once you have an infection you must cut and remove all diseased plant tissue. The fungicides will help to prevent new infections, but do little to cure sick orchids. Make sure you have good air movement, and keep all areas clean. This will go a long way in reducing your fungal infections.
Other options would be to grow your orchids differently. Maybe instead of in pots, consider mounting your orchids on driftwood or fencing material. Growing them in baskets or even hanging your pots will greatly help in drying your orchids. Growing your orchids in clay or concrete pots will allow your orchids to dry much faster than plastic pots. Make sure that your pot size is small, as larger pots with lots of media, take longer to dry out. Change your type of media. Maybe blue rock might be a good option, as well as reducing the amount of media in each pot. Adding lots of Styrofoam to the bottom of the pot will also help in keeping your orchids from getting wet feet. I have even seen (in wet Haiku Maui) orchids wired directly to the bottom of an empty plastic pots growing unbelievably well. After all, many of them are air plants!
Hopefully, you will be able to incorporate some of these options to help get your orchids through this wet period. Now that we have made these adjustments, I would not be surprised if we have a really dry summer. Fortunately, we can always water more!
I bet if I do everything just right, I can get that daggum orchid flower to come out of that plant. I know it’s in there because I’d seen it before. It was a sweet little thing that made me smile to look at it.
OK, let’s see here. Now, Scot says what you need to pay attention to is:
#1- Don’t leave your plant soaking in water all day. It’s got to dry quick or the roots will rot.
There are tricks for that. You put the plant in a pot with stuff like Styrofoam (not kiddin’) for the bottom and around the sides. Then, add some bark or gravel to take up the space in the middle of the pot and get that plant in there all nice and snug, so it won’t wobble around. Get it? This stuff’s not gonna hold water very long at all.
And, the most important thing is to use a little-bitty pot. That way, there’s no way for water to accumulate. If that plant is still wobbly, put a stake next to a stem and twist-tie them together. If the plant wants to fall over, put that little pot into an empty bigger pot.
#2-Blah, blah, blah…
That’s a lot of words.
Don’t you wish someone can just show you how to do this?
Well, you are in luck.
Go watch Scot, or another orchid sage, in person at a Windward Orchid Society Saturday Workshop at Dot’s house. It’s better than a YouTube video because you can ask questions and even bring your own plant and fix it up under expert orchid tutelage.
And bonus, bring a yummy dish to share and enjoy a potluck lunch and talking story after the workshop. This is more fun than reading about orchid care…really.
Watch for more details about these workshops in your Windward Orchid Society newsletter.
Of course you need to sign up and be a member to get our newsletters.
Here’s what happened at Dot’s last Workshop:
Larry Yamamoto, from the Kunia Orchid Society, shared his knowledge and experience on the topic of General Orchid Care.
Larry has a degree in Agriculture from the University of Hawaii and 30 years of experience with the US Department of Agriculture.
He grows Cattleya, Vanda, Slipper Orchids and other orchids.
WOS Cook Book
Available at all WOS events for $15.
Orchid Doctor If you have questions about your orchids or have orchids that are not doing well, please bring them early (7:00p.m.) to the General Membership meeting and our orchid doctor (Scot) will gladly identify the problem and try to answer your questions.
General Questions For questions about the Windward Orchid Society, see Craig Nakahara (wearing a florescent green shirt) during our General Membership Meeting.
Refreshment Contributions Sign up sheets are at the refreshment table or you can email Toni Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mail correspondence to: Windward Orchid Society, Inc. P.O. Box 23 Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744 The WOS meets on the first Wednesday of every month at the King Intermediate School Cafeteria.
Windward Orchid Society Display Won 3rd Place at the Ewa Orchid Society's "Back In Da 50's" Orchid Show
The Windward Orchid Society meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month at the King Intermediate School Cafeteria, located at 46-155 Kamehameha Hwy. in Kaneohe.
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